Engineering firm Burns & McDonnell announced Wednesday it will work with JE Dunn and McCownGordon to submit a plan to design, build and privately finance a single terminal at Kansas City International Airport.
“We are thrilled to announce that JE Dunn and McCownGordon are joining our KCI team,” Ray Kowalik, Burns & McDonnell’s chairman and CEO, said in a written statement.
“We have committed to build our hometown airport with the world-class construction and building trades talent right here in Kansas City and this team definitely measures up. This is the right team to build an airport that Kansas Citians will point to with pride for many years to come.”
Wednesday’s announcement fills the Burns & McDonnell roster of partners for its KCI proposal largely with local companies.
JE Dunn and McCownGordon join a Burns & McDonnell team that includes Americo Life Inc., which is expected to provide equity and line up outside financing for the project, and Corgan, a Dallas-based architecture firm.
“We're excited and proud to be on the local team led by Burns & McDonnell” said JE Dunn president and chief executive Gordon Lansford in a written statement. “Not only do we have the experience and resources locally, but we are all passionate about what's best for the Kansas City community.”
The local firms will submit their joint proposal to Kansas City by July 27, the first of two deadlines for parties interested in pursuing the roughly $1 billion project.
Burns & McDonnell, along with Americo Life, initially proposed the idea to privately finance the construction of the KCI single terminal, a major wish list item for City Hall that hasn’t come to fruition for six years.
Kansas City initially sought to work with Burns & McDonnell exclusively, but the city has since opened the project up for competition.
“We know there is a long way to go in the process but we believe we have assembled the right team to build our hometown airport,” Kowalik said. “No one will be more committed to this project’s success than this team.”